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FOR WHOM AM I WRITING?

Last year I started a saxophone website, which I intended to be a repository for all the knowledge and insights about saxophones and saxophone playing I have gleaned over the years. 

I signed up for a website service that checks…

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Male Jazz Cats, Please Take Some Responsibility

Someone recently sent me trumpeter Philip Tauber's "The Language of Modern Jazz Improvisation for Trumpet", a nice compendium of practice material.  In the beginning of the book he lists 120 trumpet masters, serving as a listening guide as well as…

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Alternative to Being a Professional Musician

Music students are certainly aware of the scarcity of professional music jobs available when they graduate from music school ready to embark upon a career.  I always tell people, don't try for a career as a professional player unless you…

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The Gods of FUBAR

The Gods of FUBAR

by Sue Terry

Sometimes, in the course of human events, we are visited by alien entities who descend upon us to mess up our projects.  In the military they have a descriptive name for these happenings…

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Embassy Tour Next Year in Ecuador

Last Friday I was in Quito, the capital of the country of Ecuador. I met with the Cultural Affairs Director at the U.S. Embassy and we discussed plans for a tour with my South American-based group in 2013. We will…

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The Problem With School

When I went to college, it was relatively inexpensive, especially if you went to a State school. I went to a music conservatory at a private university so it was more expensive: tuition was $6,000 per year. That was affordable…

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From "Call List" to "Do Not Call List"

While we were in South America, my husband thought I was paying the U.S. phone bill ...and I thought he was paying it. Result: the phone was disconnected. So I call up Verizon and they say we can't get our…

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Does iTunes Get You Any New Fans?

Here's a gnarly nugget to gnaw on: Does offering digital downloads of your music result in acquiring new fans? Speaking for myself, I usually download one or two songs from an artist I've just been introduced to, and that does…

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Wavelength & Frequency, Compared

Buckminster Fuller said that 99% of what is real can't be seen or touched. This chart http://www.suterry.com/publicfiles/Wavelength_and_Frequency.jpg shows how small the field of visible light is. Surrounding this field are all sorts of invisible energy fields: gamma rays, x rays…

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Ranges of Instruments

At the Hartt masterclass yesterday, I promised students I would post the range chart on my website so it could be downloaded and printed out, and here it is. When you are arranging or composing, it's essential to have an…

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Telling A Story. . . Or Not

TELLING A STORY. . . OR NOT By Sue Terry Telling a story has always been the raison d'etre of a Jazz solo--at least that's what they told us in music school, and in practically every Jazz instruction book ever…